CBD oil is one of the world’s most talked about food supplements in recent years.

It has gained notoriety because of its comparisons with cannabis oil and has seen an increasing amount of media coverage ever since it became popular several years ago.

CBD oil is often confused with cannabis oil, but it is actually made from hemp plants, not marijuana plants. It is therefore typically very low in THC, does not get you high and is legal in the UK and most of the rest of the world.

But what does CBD oil taste like? Many people are wondering whether CBD oil smells anything like cannabis oil, and whether or not CBD oil tastes good.

In this article we’ll not only describe the taste of CBD oil, but also explain the science behind what makes CBD oil taste the way it does.

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So what does CBD oil taste like?

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Whether or not CBD oil tastes good or bad is subjective. Some of our customers love the taste, others hate it and choose to mask the taste of the oil by mixing it with honey.

CBD oil tastes very similar to hempseed oil. Hempseed oil can be bought in most supermarkets these days and is a healthier alternative to other oils since it is rich in essential fatty acids.

However hempseed oil tastes more like, well… seeds! Whereas CBD oil has a leafier taste.

Other people have compared the taste of CBD oil to nettle. It has an earthy, grassy taste and smell somewhat similar to cannabis but easily distinguishable and not as strong.

CBD oil, depending on the strength, can make the throat burn a little when swallowed, and CBD paste, since it is undiluted, burns even more so. This will wear off very quickly and will not last more than a couple of minutes. We have also found that this does not happen to everyone.

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Does CBD oil taste bad?

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To some people CBD oil tastes good, like the taste of hempseed oil or fresh herbs. But to other, perhaps more fussy eaters CBD oil can taste bad.

But it is important to say that CBD oil doesn’t really taste ‘bad’. It’s not a foul smell or taste – it tastes exactly like what it is, plants! If someone isn’t a fan of herbs or green vegetables, then they might not like the taste. But no, it doesn’t taste bad.

The taste is CBD oil can easily be masked by mixing it with honey or adding it to a smoothie or juice.

However, it is always better if you want to get the maximum benefit from CBD oil to hold the oil under the tongue until fully absorbed, since the CBD is more easily absorbed there.

Related: The Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil.

Does CBD oil taste like cannabis oil?


The taste and aroma of CBD oil is not as pungent as the smell of cannabis oil. Most of us know the strong and distinctive smell of cannabis, and those of us who have smoked or eaten cannabis either medicinally or recreationally also have an idea of what it tastes like.

CBD oil has a much milder taste and aroma and smells more like an herb, grass, or nettle.

Related: The Difference Between CBD Oil and Cannabis Oil.

What gives CBD oil its flavour?

All plants get their flavour and aroma from phytochemicals. Phytochemical is the scientific term for a ‘plant chemical’.

The type of phytochemicals that are responsible for giving plants their taste, smell and colour are called terpenes and flavonoids.

Terpenes exist in all plants whether it be a flower, herb, a vegetable or a fruit. Even trees have terpenes that produce their scent, such as in pine or eucalyptus essential oils.

The dominant terpenes in hemp and cannabis plants are myrcene, pinene, limonene, linalool, eucalyptol and caryophyllene.

As you might have guessed by some of their names, these terpenes are dominant components of the essential oils of other plants. Myrcene is the main component of thyme essential oil. Pinene is, you guessed it, pine essential oil. Limonene is in lime essential oil, and linalool is in lavender. Eucalyptol is eucalyptus essential oil and caryophyllene makes up most of black pepper essential oil.

These terpenes have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it is important that you choose a CBD oil rich in these. Only full spectrum CBD oils like ours contain terpenes and flavonoids.

Related: What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

Everything in nature is made up from the same essential building blocks. When it comes to terpenes that create taste and smell, infinite combinations of terpenes create all the nuances of smells and tastes in the natural world.

Flavonoids create colour in flowers, fruit and vegetables. They are less instrumental in creating taste and smell, but tend to produce yellow, orange, purple, red and blue tones in many of the flowers in the natural world.

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Where to buy organic CBD Oil in the UK

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At Aura CBD Oil UK we have helped thousands of people around the world create their own wellbeing, naturally.

Our range of organic, full spectrum CBD oils, pastes balms, edibles and bath and body products are all made with CBD extracts made from the highest-grade hemp nature has to offer. Our hemp is grown in Europe by expert cultivators to create whole plant CBD extracts rich in CBD and phytonutrients.

If you have any questions about CBD oil, you can email us at info@auracbdoil.com or send us a message on Facebook.

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